ID Madness rears its head in Canada

February 26th, 2006

This a from a week ago but I’ve been taking some time away from the computer so I didn’t think to post it until now. Check it out:

Day proposes national ID card

Canadian Press

Ottawa — Sooner or later, Canadians will have to carry some form of identification other than a passport to travel outside the country, says the new federal minister of public safety.

The British Commons has just adopted legislation for a government-issued national ID card and Stockwell Day suggested in an interview with The Canadian Press that such a card is inevitable for Canada.

“At this point, I don’t know what it should be called, to tell you the truth,” Mr. Day said.

“I don’t know if we’ll call it that, but we want good, law-abiding people to have smooth and quick access at all border points — not just North American, but international.”

New life is being breathed into the proposal now that the United States has dropped its demand that Canadians be required to show passports to cross the border.

“We also want to be able to stop people who are a menace or a threat from getting in or getting out, so that’s the overall goal,” Mr. Day said.

Mr. Day said the need for identification of some sort came up again this week when he spoke on the phone with his U.S. counterpart, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Cherkoff.

“I think it’s fair to say that in both Canada and the U.S. we do want some kind of enhanced security provision,” he said.

“Whether that’s some kind of a biometric approach, an enhancement on a driver’s licence — all of that needs to be explored, so we do want to see enhanced technological capacity in that area.”

The idea of a national ID card was raised in the months following the Sept.11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States but proposals go back even further, as a way of replacing the abused social insurance number.

…. (Globe and Mail)

I find it rather oxymoronic that the new “Conservative” government really want to BLOAT out government by instituting ID shams and Reagan-style prison ghetto-reform (can’t find a good link to that story, though, Sorry – basically Harper thinks that it will be a greater deterrent to throw more of “the bad guys” into prison for longer – in your dreams, Steve-O). Let’s not also forget also all the happy fundamentalist (minority) Xtian groups who think that their whack-job agendas will be more supported by the government because the new PM is a Christian from Alberta, as is Stockwell Day, who is actually far MORE insane and stupid than this news story implies.
Lord help!

Back to shovelling snow.

(this is my first post with WordPress. Using Camino 1.0, the interface is wonky and laggy, but no more so than blogger. BTW, I know it was discussed before but has there been any progress on dispaying the author’s name after the post? It is truly weird without them… though usually it’s pretty easy to distinguish who is who by the style of writing)

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